Making and Meaning

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Life | 2 Comments

I should probably write a long list of excuses to explain why it’s been so long since I’ve posted here, but instead I’m going to write about my green bowl. In 2007, I went to Hawaii for a Christmas vacation with my family. The whole family. My dad, his girlfriend and her kids, my sister, aunt, uncle, cousins. That was the first time we’d ever done something like that together, and the trip was warm, magical and absolutely paradise. Out of everything I’ve done in my life, that would easily make the top five. One of the days we were there, I drove to Hilo with my sister and cousin. We ended up finding a small market that wasn’t as touristy as the markets on the other side of the island. One of the vendors made beautiful ceramic pieces, and I fell in love with a green bowl. I loved the simplicity of the design, and the green reminded me of how lush Hawaii was. At the same market, I bought the most perfect papaya and ate it right there. I was so happy. I had used this bowl for oatmeal, cereal, soups and salads multiple times a week ever […]

Collage and The Terrible, No Good Art Block

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Links, Sketchbook | 10 Comments
Collage and The Terrible, No Good Art Block

Hello again! I’m back for Glue it Tuesday with a collage that’s been coming together on my desk for the past couple of weeks. I took the cover of one of our weekly newspapers and have been cutting all of the solid bits out of it and sticking a few pieces down here and there. I don’t often collage with pictures or patterns created by someone else (it’s hard to make it feel like mine), so I get really excited when I find a cover or illustration page that has a lot of big blocks of color I can use. I have been feeling very uninspired lately, and have had a hard time getting myself to work in my sketchbooks, write blog entries or work on projects for my printmaking class. It’s been difficult to push through it and have faith that I will have new ideas again. I’m trying to find the right balance of being gentle with myself, but also to not be so lax that I slip into a bad habit of not working on projects because I’m “waiting for inspiration”. Projects like this sketchbook collage page are perfect because they don’t require too much thinking, and […]

Link Love

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 in Links | 2 Comments
Link Love

Happy Monday! Last week was a quiet one, and my sketchbooks were left untouched. I’m on a quest to make sure my sketchbooks feel the love again this week. I’m also joining in Tammy’s mission to share the link love at Daisy Yellow. I’ve found loads of inspiration to start off the week, and now it’s time to turn off the computer and get to it. I just discovered Mae Chevrette’s blog today, and was particularly inspired by this sketchbook page. The combination of collage and lettering is lovely. I’m a little bummed out that this blog appears to have been abandoned. I am a big fan of to-do lists, and these painted lists are probably the most charming I’ve ever seen. Enjoy the archives! Another fun blog by Alison Worman. I’m so inspired by how she uses a wide variety of media. Fiber arts, book arts, printmaking, painting, drawing, collage. I love artists who are so versatile. I love this crayon transfer technique tutorial by Marcia Beckett. I used to do this as a child, and totally forgot about it. I’m excited to try this technique again! I’m really intrigued Heather Day’s loose painting style. I love her little […]

Glue it Tuesday: Printmaking Color Tests

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Pattern, Sketchbook | 13 Comments
Glue it Tuesday: Printmaking Color Tests

Good morning! I’m joining in Glue it Tuesday this week with some color tests for my printmaking class. I created a few linoleum blocks with simple textures, and my plan is to tear them all up and sew them back together for the final project. I brought the blocks home with me, and worked on some color tests tonight. I’m not thrilled with this color combination yet, but I do like seeing the simple textures next to each other in different colors. I was trying out burnishing with my hands (placing paper over the linoleum and rubbing), and really liked how personal it made the process feel, as opposed to using the press. I can see the areas where I pressed very hard, and those I backed off of a bit. These are the prints I made on the press on Saturday. This chartreuse color is one of my favorites, and I am always happy when I work with it. I can’t wait to get started cutting up and assembling these prints back together. Sometimes it’s hard to feel okay writing about color and sketchbooks after a day like yesterday. I initially felt a tinge of guilt even working on […]

Link Love // Shadows and Patterns #1

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Links, Pattern, Portland | 5 Comments
Link Love // Shadows and Patterns #1

I’m hoping that soon Portland will be getting enough sun for me to make a small series of photographs of shadows and patterns. These are from a couple of weekends ago when the weather was warm, and I was taking some walks through the neighborhood. The sky here is flat gray a lot of the fall and winter, so the shadows were a pleasant shock. I seemed to find an interesting shadow or pattern everywhere I turned. This weekend I have a printmaking class all day Saturday, and the weather forecast tells me we’re in for another gray weekend, so I’ll be getting caught up on my Project Life scrapbook pages, and some other artsy projects on Sunday. I’m participating in Tammy’s wonderful Link Love mission today, and leaving you with some links to check out over the weekend. Stop by Daisy Yellow to say hello, or join in spreading the link love. Emily Balsley’s Sketchbook Project: Emily’s sketchbook project is a wonderful little narrative about a sandwich making factory. Her illustrations are so fun. See also part 2. Create Every Day by Kari Maxwell: This blog is one of my new reads. Kari always has wonderful insights on the […]

Less Mess! (WOYWW)

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Life, Sketchbook | 8 Comments
Less Mess! (WOYWW)

More important than what is on my workdesk this week, is what isn’t on my workdesk this week. I finally went to Ikea on Saturday to pick up a matching bookcase to put next to my desk, and was able to stash the pile of art supplies and papers that was on my desk. I’m very excited that my desk is usable again, and as a bonus, it looks prettier too! Today I’m linking up to What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday at Stamping Ground . I started a new printmaking class on Saturday. It’s a mixed class of Printmaking I and Printmaking II students. As one of the Printmaking II students, I have absolute freedom in the projects I work on for the quarter, and can make up my own assignments. I always thought that would be a blessing, but now I’m sitting here with empty sketchbook pages wondering what to do with myself. I think I need to come up with some limitations because the wide openness has so far resulted in not a lot of ideas. I live in a small apartment with my boyfriend, two dogs and a cat, so I feel very lucky to have this […]

Sketchbook Doodles: Glue it Tuesday

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Sketchbook | 11 Comments
Sketchbook Doodles: Glue it Tuesday

Hello! I’m popping in today to share some of my doodles for Aimee’s Glue it Tuesday. Check out her blog to see her colorful work, and links to others participating in Glue it Tuesday. I’m not feeling particularly inspired this week. I think it has to do with the gray skies and rain returning after a lovely week with warm spring weather. Sometimes when I’m feeling the artistic blahs, I will do something really simple to try to get back in the flow. I’m not there yet, but I will keep trying! Thanks to all who came over to visit from Artsyville!

Finding Magic

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 in Color Stories, Links | 8 Comments

Sometimes a few days can pass by, one day blending into the next. Nothing special, nothing to recall. And then sometimes, something magic will happen. If you’re lucky, you’ll notice it. If you’re smart, you’ll capture it as a reminder that beauty is always just around the corner. This was what was waiting for me when I got home from work today. The petals fell off of the trees while I was gone, and the asphalt in front our apartment was so evenly covered. It looked like a blanket of confetti, or a polka dotted parking lot. I was so happy to have been there in that moment. Speaking of magic… do you remember when blogs were new, and we were all so closely intertwined through blog posts and link lists? Tammy from Daisy Yellow is on a mission to revive link love! She has proposed that we commit to sharing at least five links four times in April. There is so much beauty and magic out there, so let’s share it! Bad Jones Rising: I am loving Roni’s colorful blog, and in particular her gesso works. I am a big fan of sketchbook videos, and her Gesso Phase video […]

33 Things I Want To Do in Year 33: April Update

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Life, Lists | 3 Comments

I’m now exactly six months into my 33rd year, and I’m revisiting my list of 33 Things I Want To Do in Year 33. My last update was in December, and I need to make revisiting the list a monthly commitment because there hasn’t been much forward movement with the list in the last four months. I am proud of the things that I have completed so far, and in particular I’m happy with the progress I’ve made in rebuilding strength in my ankle and walking the 5K. I’m looking forward to a productive April! Completed! 02. Walk a 5K – I finished the Shamrock Stride 5K in Portland on March 17. I’m considering training for a 5K run in September. (blog post) 05. Take an Indian or Japanese cooking class – I finished a one night class on March 4. East Indian Cooking: Curry, Herbs and Spices. The food was so fresh and healthy tasting. I came home with lots of spices, but haven’t attempted anything on my own. I should do that soon… 06. Take a printmaking class – I finished Printmaking I at PCC in the winter quarter. I loved it so much that I signed up […]

Daily Pattern Challenge (WOYWW)

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Pattern, Sketchbook | 12 Comments

Last month’s daily pattern challenge turned out to be not so daily. I don’t think I made it beyond the second week. I was trying to make all of my patterns out of stencils, and it wasn’t working for me. I should have switched over to using something else to create my patterns, but instead I just stopped. I’m jumping back into daily patterns this month without restrictions on what I can use to make them. The only restrictions are that I will be working out of the same Moleskine journal, and I want to stick to the same rectangle shape with a border around the pattern. I want to make daily patterns simple this month, and so what’s on my workdesk currently is just my journal, a pencil, small ruler and some Faber-Castell Pitt Pens. All of these supplies are stored together in a plastic container next to my bed, and my “workdesk” is a bench hook that is supposed to be for carving linoleum blocks for printmaking, but it also makes a nice flat surface for drawing. It also gets bonus points for being super portable. I’m linking up to What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday again, and I’m […]